January 15-21, 2012
Students: Stephanie Allen, Ayana Chappell, Julie Clementson, Hayley Diener, Neall Flynn, Trevor Hubbard, Leslie Kelly, Adam Leatherman, Claire Paul, and Kimberly Swartz
Advisors: Rick Leith and Laura Sessions
For the Center for Service Learning's 2012 Alternative Winter Break, students traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to volunteer St. Jude's Ronald McDonald House and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. As a special kick-off to the trip, the Alternative Break participants were able to visit the National Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The museum is built in the spot where Dr. King was assassinated. As a tribute to Dr. King, our group dedicated their week to serving others.
Ronald McDonald House is a "home-away-from-home" for families who are in Memphis while their child is receiving treatment for cancer or another serious illness at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. At St. Jude's Ronald McDonald House, the Alternative Break participants hosted a game night for the families of patients who were staying there.
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital features expert physicians and staff, state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources. Families travel from across the country to seek the medical care provided there. The hospital treats more than 135,000 children each year, the majority of whom are under the age of five. The Alternative Break participants provided activities for the patients on nursing floors, assisted Child Life in the creative arts room, sat with patients at their bedside as Bedside Buddies, and held babies as Baby Huggers.
The 2012 winter break trip was a wonderful experience. Our thanks to the dedicated students and advisors who participated!